madame mohr centers pizzeria around rotating disco ball oven
madame mohr centers pizzeria around rotating disco ball oven madame mohr centers pizzeria around rotating disco ball oven
nov 09, 2013

madame mohr centers pizzeria around rotating disco ball oven

madamemohr centers pizzeria around rotating disco ball oven
all images courtesy of madamemohr




at the heart of any quality pizzeria is a wood fired oven, and at the center of any good night club, there is a disco ball; and ‘disco volante‘ is what comes out of combining these two things.


the pizzeria, the second of its kind hosted by maria fuchs, is a typical pizzeria located in vienna that cooks-up its menu in a giant rotating disco ball oven that even turns at approximately one revolution per minute.



a bespoke shimmering disco ball oven is the central focus of the pizzeria




the glittering appliance has been spawned from the imagination of madame mohr–a local creative collective whose goal is not only to design, but also fabricate their concepts whenever possible. in the case of the restaurant’s centerpiece, they have constructed an oven whose outer shell is made from heat resistant concrete, realized through CNC-technology, in order to shape its spherical formation. the mechanism that enables the contraption to move is hidden below the baking surface, where heat does not damage sensitive components. the giant, shimmering ball is clad with approximately 7500 specially cut mirrored tiles that were glued to its exterior on site.



the disco ball oven rotates at one revolution per minute




ensuring that the rotating disco ball oven remains the main focus of the restaurant, more subdued design elements have been employed on the rest of the interior. previously serving as a grocery store, the firm removed the ceiling which revealed an additional meter of height, giving the pizzeria a feeling that is more in line with that of a canteen. church benches and chairs, typically found in the austrian capital’s city departments, furnish the space, with narrow two-person tables leaving just enough space for a pizza and beverage for each customer.



general view of ‘disco volante’




‘disco volante’ offers unsuspecting surprise to its diners, a bit of the ‘italo-disco’ era reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s.



former church benches and chairs furnish the restaurant



more than 7500 mirrored tiles were hand glued to the surface of the oven



alternatives views of the pizzeria



diners enjoying the ‘italo-disco’ atmosphere

  • I would like to see a night time photo

    Yabba says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

design news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
502,564 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample